Before the moon sets on October, I want to share one of the charming picture books written by our October 12 x 12 in 2012 featured author, Dianne de las Casas, who is ALSO the founder of Picture Book Month – starting in just a few days! It was a difficult to pick one with so many great choices, but I settled on DINOSAUR MARDI GRAS because my son loves it so much and the uber-talented Carter Higgins did the book trailer.

Dinosaur Mardi Gras

Written by Dianne de las Casas, Illustrated by Marita Gentry

Pelican Publishing, November, 2011

Suitable for: Ages 3+

Themes/Topics: Dinosaurs, Parades, Music, New Orleans, Mardi Gras

Opening/Synopsis: From Amazon Book Page: “Get ready to stomp and chomp to that mambo beat! When carnival time rolls into New Orleans, these hip dinosaurs want to boogie on down. Iguanodon wiggles to the music of a marching band, while Zigongosaurus dances zydeco and Pterodactyal swoops into the crowd. From singing tunes and tossing beads, these big beasts sure know how to party. Laissez les bon temps rugir!”

Activities: Dianne’s website is a treasure trove for parents and teachers with activities for all of her books, including DINOSAUR. You can make Mardi Gras masks, Dinosaur doubloons, and get scripts for plays and skits. I would also think any activities that would include traditional Mardi Gras foods and parade activities (beads anyone?) would be great tie-ins.

Why I Like This Book: I have a soft spot for books that are entertaining, but also pass on the culture and traditions of a particular place. A child who might never visit Louisiana, New Orleans, or attend a Mardi Gras parade will learn by osmosis a bit of what it is like for people (or dinosaurs) who do. And of course the refrain is so fun to say and play.

For more fantastic picture books and resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.

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  1. Love the beginning lines! I also like the cover! 🙂

  2. Sounds like a great book, especially if it is as good as Carter’s trailer! Thanks for sharing this one, Julie.

  3. sounds like a fun book. thanks.

  4. I saw this trailer a while back! Love it! And the book looks terrific – who could not like a dinosaur romp? Thanks so much for sharing this one, Julie! 🙂

  5. Sooo catchy! What a winner!

  6. What a fantastic trailer! The book sounds like such fun, and I’m so glad you shared a book by Dianne with us. It sounds like such a fun way for kids to learn about New Orleans and Mardi Gras — and the activities sound great, too. Thanks, Julie!

  7. What a dino-rific way to celebrate Mardi Gras and Picture Book Month. Thanks Julie.

  8. a very fun and cool book and trailer, loved it thanks Julie!

  9. Tickle me purple and green – this looks fun! Love the trailer. Always appreciate how you are so willing to promote others, Julie.

  10. My kids are really into dinosaurs right now. This looks fun! Thanks!

  11. Just like monsters books I can’t get enough of dinosaur books! Thanks for sharing this great selection, Julie. 🙂

  12. Based on the trailer, I wonder if history books have fooled us and Mardi Gras has been around much longer than we think! Delightful…this should be a fun book. Have to check it out.

  13. Great cover and video. Love your choice. We don’t have anything like it in PPBF.

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